Housing project brightens up Cumbernauld

Sanctuary tenant Marina Gardiner in her new flat, Ochilview Court, G67 1DFPicture: Universal News and Sport (Scotland) 04/03/2016

A housing project which brings colour to Cumbernauld is proving popular with residents.

Sanctuary’s £4.3 million Ochilview Court development was built on the site of a former nursing home in Seafar by Cruden Buildings and Renewals Limited on behalf of Sanctuary Group.

Most of the 39 flats off Hume Road were handed over to occupants of Hume Road’s high-rise blocks.

Marina Gardiner (82) moved to Ochilview Court from an 11th floor flat in Blair House. She said, “My new flat is lovely and so much warmer. My old storage heaters wouldn’t have coped with the cold weather we’ve had. It’s great to be here, a short walk from my old home. I feel as if I haven’t moved and I can still walk into the town centre.

“Most of the residents are from the neighbouring blocks, so it’s nice to see familiar faces.”

Ochilview Court was built in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government, thanks in part to a £2.9 million grant. The development has 22 flats for rent and 17 for shared equity sale.

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing at North Lanarkshire Council, said, “The Council was delighted to help with this project and Sanctuary has done a fantastic job. These flats provide safe, secure and warm accommodation and I wish the tenants every happiness.”

Cumbernauld MSP Jamie Hepburn added, “These are high quality new homes for people from the area that will last long into the future.This is just one of a range of great investments into new social housing through Sanctuary Group I am pleased to see the Scottish Government supporting.”

Allan Callaghan, Managing Director of Cruden Buildings and Renewals Limited said, “We were delighted to work with Sanctuary Group and deliver this quality housing development at Ochilview Court.  We’ve had fantastic feedback from residents on these modern, energy efficient homes and the build process has directly benefited the local community, suppliers and job seekers so it’s been a great experience for everyone involved.”